Often over the years, my wife and I have regularly reminded our kids of something they know. We’ve said it lots and lots of times. “I love you!” It’s not that we thought they forgot. It’s just good to be reminded.
In the Apostle Peter’s second New Testament letter, Peter tells his readers how crucial it is to understand what Christ has done for us. Obviously, it makes a difference in our eternal well-being, but it also makes a difference in our lives here and now. It is in recognizing that Jesus’ death and resurrection has granted to us a “divine nature” that allows us to live godly lives here and now (see 2 Peter 1:3-11). We’re not left on our own to walk out our faith. God gives us His strength and His ability.
Having built a strong case for that idea, Peter goes on to inform his readers that “I intend always to remind you of these qualities” (2 Peter 1:12, author’s emphasis). Peter recognizes that he won’t be around much longer. He says, “I know that the putting off of my body will be soon” (vs. 14). So he tells them, “I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things” (vs. 15).
He’s reminding them of things they already know. Yet, he says that he’s going to keep reminding them – “I intend always to remind you” – so that they will remember when he’s gone. Peter clearly wants them to remember these important truths. He’s not satisfied with telling them once. He intends to tell them again and again.
Maybe that’s a good example for us to follow. Reminding one another about the truths of God’s Word is strengthening for the one doing the reminding as well as for the one being reminded.